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Zoom H1 - Special Edition White Handy Recorder

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  • Stereo X/Y mic configuration captures perfect stereo images
  • Same frequency and SPL handling as popular Zoom H2
  • Records Broadcast WAV (BWF) at 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
  • Records MP3 from 48 to 320kbps for maximum recording time
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
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Product Details

Color: White
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 2 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0090XWZB0
  • Item model number: H1W
  • Batteries 1 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,618 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 15, 2012

Product Description

Color: White

It's Zooms smallest recorder ever. But don't let its size fool you. The H1 Handy Recorder has Zooms renowned recording technology and studio-quality microphones in Zooms easiest, most portable device ever. Now Zoom recording technology is available to everyone. And with an infinite variety of applications, you'll want to take your H1 everywhere. From musical performances, songwriting sessions and rehearsals to seminars, conferences, journalism or capturing audio for video, the H1 gives you clean, clear stereo sound effortlessly. Like all Zoom recorders, the H1's onboard microphones are configured in an X/Y pattern, for stunning stereo imaging. Because both mics are arranged on the same axis, they are equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization and no phase shifting. The result is great stereo recordings with natural depth and accurate imaging.

From the Manufacturer


In the box

The H1 comes with everything you need to capture audio wherever you go.

  • 2GB microSD card
  • 1 x AA battery
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE software
  • Operation manual

The Zoom H1 Handy Recorder

Good things come in small packages

The ultra-compact H1 is tiny enough to be slipped into your pocket, yet it delivers big sound. It's perfect for capturing song ideas and documenting lectures and meetings—a whole lot faster and easier than taking notes!

With its built-in stereo X/Y microphone, Auto Level control, and low cut filter, the H1 is also ideal for recording interviews, live concerts, and band rehearsals.

  • Lightweight and ultra-compact
  • Built-in 90˚ X/Y stereo microphone
  • Records directly to microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96kHz WAV audio, as well as a variety of MP3 formats
  • Stereo Mic/Line Input jack with Plug-in power
  • Monitoring speaker and stereo Phones/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
  • Requires just a single AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable battery, with up to 10 hours of battery life

Take it everywhere

Smaller than most cell phones and weighing in at just two ounces, you can take the ultra-portable H1 wherever you go—live concerts and band rehearsals, location video shoots, lectures and meetings.

Recording made simple

The H1's built-in X/Y microphone provides two matched unidirectional microphones set at a 90 degree angle relative to one another. The X/Y technique provides a great way to cover a wide area while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition, making it perfect for all types of live stereo recording.

Alternatively, you can connect a pair of external microphones or line level signal to the H1's Mic/Line Input mini phone jack for other types of stereo recording.

In addition, there's a Line/Headphones Output with a dedicated volume control so you can plug in headphones or interconnect the H1 with other equipment such as a DSLR. There's even a built-in speaker for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections.

Also a USB microphone

When you're ready to take your recordings to the next level, simply connect the H1 to your computer via USB and launch your favorite editing software, such as the supplied WaveLab LE. The H1 can even be used as a 2-in/2-out audio interface or USB microphone.

Customer Reviews

Like most recorders, the H1's sensitive mics are prone to handling noise.
Iacobus
If you really want to monitor recordings, get some good noise-isolation ear plugs, and forget earbuds or cheap headphones.
Bob Costa
Very easy to use and records with a great sound quality from the built-in mics.
keef

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

355 of 363 people found the following review helpful By Iacobus on September 7, 2010
Color Name: Black
***UPDATED, IMPORTANT EDIT*** September 2013: Zoom has released a new firmware (v. 2.10) at their Japanese website (which acts as a download center for their US consumers). The update adds USB 3.0 support.

Go to zoom.co.jp and click the "downloads" link at the top. Find the link for the H1 under "Recorders." There's an updated manual for version 2.0 as well in Acrobat format. Enjoy! On to the (updated) review...

Straight to the point: If you're considering getting a digital recorder and your needs are simple, seriously consider this one.

The sound is quite phenomenal for a recorder this size and asking price. (Zoom claims the H1 has the same frequency and SPL handing as their popular H2.)

Button/switch placement is intuitive and couldn't be simpler. Need the lo-cut filter? Slide the switch in the back (and the LCD will tell you it's on). When you're ready to record, simply press the big red button on the front. When done recording, press it again. If you want to hear what you've just recorded (via the built-in speaker or the line out jack), simply push the play button on the side of the unit.

There are several functions that will prove useful including adjusting the input level manually (from 1 to 100; *really* useful for loud situations like a rock concert) and being able to actually monitor audio during recording via the line out jack.

The unit records in MP3 and Broadcast WAV formats, in many bit-depths and sample rates. (Max for WAV is 24-bit/96 kHz and 320 kbps for MP3.) Broadcast WAV functions just like any other WAV with the addition of having metadata (like time and date) stamped into the file, which is great for identifying WAVs in audio editors that support the format.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hyatt on September 17, 2010
Color Name: Black
I had the Zoom H2 for years and loved it. One day, I plugged in the wrong AC adaptor and fried the unit. ugh!

I was familiar with the H2 and was comfortable with it but its tiny screen was hard for me to read and it took quite a bit of time for me to get used to the interfacing.

The H1 is simple and having the controls on the device make it far more user friendly. It is tiny, smaller than I thought, which is great.

The sound quality is equal to the Q3, though this tiny unit feels fragile compared to the Q3. The plastic concerns me as I'm not sure it will hold up well. The Q3 feels more solid. I don't have a professional musician's ear, but the sound quality seemed to me to equal the recordings I have done with the H2. The "cd quality" sound is what I got when recording guitar, harmonica and vocals.

Other reviewers have wisely recommended the protective case and the mics are highly sensitive. The lo-cut feature (just a switch) nicely cuts out background noise.

Strangely, the unit is not made well for standing up straight. If you use the H2 platform, for instance, it means laying the H1 on its side. However, for best recording, Zoom recommends aiming the microphones directly towards the subject.

The mics appear to have a little "give" to them, as they wiggle slightly, and the plastic dome that covers them does not appear strong. This concerns me.

The door that opens for the microcard is very fragile and I thought I broke it the first time I opened it. I plan to leave it alone and not swap cards but transfer songs via interface. Handle with care; or as another reviewer said; put in the card and leave it alone. That is my plan.
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103 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Bob Costa on September 12, 2010
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I own a Zoom H4N. I bought the H1 so I could do casual recording of live music while out in bars. The Pros: It has great mikes, like all ZOOMs. It does a nice job of being directional (and minimizing crowd conversations, etc). At one gig, it was set a couple of feet in front of us on the table, and picked up almost no talking. It is VERY tiny, and you could probably turn it on and stick it to a wall with some double-sided carpet tape (getting above the crowd noise). I am working out how to bungie cord it to a pole. Although starting it up take a full minute with a 16GB card, once it is on it is unobtrusive and fits in my pocket even with a mini-tripod attached.

The Big Con. The auto-level will drive you insane. After recording three different bands, I can say that unless I learn more than I already know, using the autolevel is useless in a band/bar environment. It will record at full volume for a while (5-15 seconds of the song) , and then dramatically cut the gain (50% or more) to the point that the recording can really only be used if you get with an editing program later on and fix the screwed up volume levels. I would not even give the unedited recording to the band, as the volume switching is insanely bad, IMHO, the auto level switching algorithms need to be reconsidered and tweaked for a less-techie environment. Perhaps faster and more gradual adjustments? But I am not a pro-engineer, just an amateur with enough knowledge to be dangerous. I have worked with other AGC circuits that are much more useful.

I am going this afternoon to record another band, and will try it with manual-only settings to see if that is practical. I suspect it will have its own issues, since bands tend to change levels from song to song.
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